Blogstorm redesign come and take a look

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  • January 4, 2008

Today Blogstorm is moving over from my custom php/mysql/apache solution to WordPress. All is running quite smoothly and I’ve written some nice php code to import all the posts and comments to the new system.

Here are the main benefits and improvements:

  • Threaded comments
  • Avatars provided by (more about that next week)
  • A cool new homepage with feature articles & pictures
  • Subscribe to comments by email option

The main drawback is that within 30 seconds of making the new blog live it started getting spam comments

Some of you have been requesting these features for months so hopefully they will improve the blog quite a lot, especially the comments (please leave some test ones).

The design is pretty basic at the moment but I focussed on making the site ultra user friendly before I did the finishing touches. What do you think?

Patrick Altoft

About Patrick Altoft

Patrick is the Director of Strategy at Branded3 and has spent the last 11 years working on the SEO strategies of some of the UK's largest brands. Patrick’s SEO knowledge and experience is highly regarded by many, and he’s regularly invited to speak at the world’s biggest search conferences and events.

  • Glen Allsopp

    I prefer the old look for the posts, although the homepage looks nice

    • Patrick Altoft

      Anything in particular you liked about the old look? I’m going to be making some tweaks so this isn’t the finished product.

      The main priority was to get switched over to WP without any hitches.

  • Christian

    Looking good, Patrick. The whole site just looks and feels a lot cleaner.

    Nice work.


  • Sucker

    Still nice and clean, I like it!

  • Raj

    1. The new design looks a lil better than the older one but I recommend to use a new color theme for your blog.
    2. The search box is lost between other things in the sidebar.
    3. The navigation on the top looks plain and very simple. You may at least want to highlight them with an underline or some background color.

  • Matthew

    Looks great and was a surprise when it first loaded up in the browser just now.

  • Damien van Holten

    Personally I feel the header needs a little more “bang”, but overal it’s a good redesign.

    • Patrick Altoft

      The header will change a bit once the RSS buttons are added in so that will help.

  • Sander

    Nice redesign! The reading is much easier, thumbs up!
    Agreed with Damien, the logo needs a remake aswel. Good luck with your blog.

  • Al

    Looks great to me and is that a subscribe to comments I can see, about bloody time :)

    • Patrick Altoft

      Yes you were one of the more vocal supporters of the subscribe to comments feature. I’m pleased I made the change even though it was tricky.

      • Al

        It’s all well and good having the checkbox but I never received an email, sorry :)

      • Patrick Altoft

        Yes me neither…..

      • Al

        Working now, well played Patrick.

  • Rajab Bader

    I must say it looks fabulous! Well-done Patrick, a very sexy theme!
    I have requested the search function and finally it came;) Thanks Patrick

  • Osman

    Hi Patrick,

    Love the new design and the blog posts. I have your blog in a tab automatically everytime I run FireFox.

    I didn’t realise that the ‘old’ style was not implemented using WP. I too have a site which is blog style format but not using WP, and I am thinking about doing this. I suspect its not an easy job?


    • Patrick Altoft

      It is a heck of a job if you don’t use something that WordPress has an importer for. There are scripts for importing from sites like Blogger and Movable Type but mine was custom so it was much harder.

  • Hugo Santos

    Hey patrick! Good job on changing to WP. And i personally say that you made an excelent choice on choosing the structure theme. I use it on my blog and i love it! I just think that you could change the colors..

  • S

    Looks sweet but not working so well in IE6

  • Mikael

    I’ve always been pro WordPress so I think it was a great move. Only thing I have always wanted was for you to get a new logo :)

    Congratulations on the move.

  • Dave Davis

    Awesome Patrick. Really looks a lot cleaner. (not that the last one was dirty).

    Great job.

  • Marketing Hub

    I see there’s a new Javascript tabbed posts section (top right corner) like Marketing Hub has (and ProBlogger).

    I hope not too many people start adding those or it will be less out of the ordinary.

  • Luke Daly

    I like it, only thing I would improve is adding bullet points to the “Latest” box on the right, oh, and on the homepage, the tab “search” doesn’t have a search box?!

  • Online Marketing Agency

    I really like the new site design, but it is pretty basic still. Are you looking for a customized wordpress theme? I would be happy to design one for you in return for a blog post about my new online marketing agency: Banner Blindness.

  • Ling valentine

    I came directly from my own site, and at first I thought my monitor had broken – I couldn’t see anything. Then I realised it was the online form of walking from a Hong Kong street market into a minimalist art gallery. My migraine cleared instantly. Well done!

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